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Where did the English Cobb family come from? What is the English Cobb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cobb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cobb family history?The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Cobb come from its first bearer, who was a large man. This surname originally derived from the Old English word Cobba which described a man of particularly large or impressive features and had great strength.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cobb has been spelled many different ways, including Cobb, Cobbe and others.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and the name was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, by scribes of King William, Duke of Normandy, which showed that they held land at that time.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cobb research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1234, 1235, 1500, 1478, 1595, 1655, 1675 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Cobb History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cobb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cobb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Cobbs to arrive in North America:
Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Cobb Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtutis stemmata
Motto Translation: Virtue is Valuable.
The Cobb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cobb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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